Best Practices for Blended Learning

Best Practices for Blended Learning : Practical ideas and advice for language teachers and school managers running Blended Learning courses

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Blended Learning (BL) is a key concept in language teaching. When schools and teachers decide to adopt BL, they are faced with a range of challenging questions. Which platform do we adopt? Should we use ready-made digital materials, or create our own? How do we balance the face-to-face classroom teaching with the online component? What teacher training do we run? This comprehensive, practical handbook explores the answers to these questions, and many more.

Section 1 provides definitions of BL, a brief history of the term and an exploration of what the research says. It describes some common models, looks at reasons why schools and teachers decide to use BL and the challenges they face. It lists the key elements for success and presents a practical framework for designing a BL course, as well as describing key features of some of the many learning platforms available.

Section 2 argues for a principled approach to BL in language teaching, and contains 20 practical ideas including: starting and finishing a BL course; grammar and vocabulary; language skills; games and assessment.

Section 3 describes future developments, offers advice on how to evaluate hardware and software, and gives practical ideas for teacher trainers.
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Product details

  • Paperback
  • 177 x 226 x 20mm | 533g
  • Hove, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911028847
  • 9781911028840
  • 34,593

Table of contents

Section 1: Blended Learning in language teaching

1. What is Blended Learning?
2. A brief history of Blended Learning
3. Research
4. Models
5. Why run a Blended Learning course?
6. Challenges
7. Success factors
8. A framework for creating a Blended Learning course
9. Platform options
10. Blended Learning in action

Section 2: Practical ideas

1. Starting a BL course
2. Grammar
3. Vocabulary
4. Listening
5. Reading
6. Speaking
7. Writing
8. Games and projects
9. Testing and assessment
10. Finishing a BL course

Section 3: Resources

1. Blended Learning and the future
2. Evaluating technology: hardware and software
3. Tips for teacher trainers
4. Learning more about Blended Learning


Online appendices
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About Pete Sharma

Pete Sharma is a teacher trainer, a trainer trainer, a consultant, a presenter and an ELT author. He specialises in educational technology and Blended Learning.

Barney Barrett is also a specialist in the use of technology in English language teaching and Blended Learning, and is a teacher and teacher trainer. Both have over 20 years of experience.

Pete and Barney have worked closely together for years, writing books and delivering training courses.
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